shy1 comparative shyer, superlative shyest
nervous and embarrassed about meeting and speaking to other people, especially people you do not know:
He was a quiet, shy man.
She was very shy with strangers.
a shy smile
As a teenager I was painfully shy (=extremely shy).
go all shy British English (=to suddenly become very shy)
Oh, have you gone all shy, Jenny?
used to emphasize that someone is very willing to do something or get involved with something:
John has strong opinions and he's not shy about sharing them.
unwilling to do something or get involved in something
be shy about/of (doing) something
Employees are urged not to be shy about reporting incidents of sexual harassment.
4 especially American English
to have less than a particular amount of something:
The Democrats are three votes shy of a majority.
Jessica died Monday. She was one week shy of her 13th birthday.
used to say that someone does not like something and therefore tries to avoid it: ➔ camera-shy, work-shy
Although publicity-shy, he recently agreed to be interviewed.
shy animals get frightened easily and are unwilling to come near people:
Deer are shy creatures.